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    Induction weekend is just around the corner. Make plans to join us in Colorado Springs August 6-8 as we honor 10 new inductees into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame! The weekend starts with our annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, the Cowboy Ball on Friday, and the Class of 2015 Induction Ceremony on Saturday. We look forward to hosting you during this exciting weekend.
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    The exhibit features the Hafley-Shelton Collection which was donated to the Hall in 1983 by Tom Shelton, the only son of Reine (pronounced Reen) and Dick Shelton. The Collection contains over one thousand items that trace back to the turn of the last century. The exhibit is only a sampling of the artifacts as many are too fragile to place on exhibit and must remain in archival storage. The exhibit was originally on display at the Hall in 1984 and remained up for five years. By the 1990s, it was a traveling display sent across the country to other museums and even made an appearance during the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. When it returned in 1999, it has remained in the Hall’s collections until now.
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    Since 1979, The ProRodeo Hall of Fame & Museum of the American Cowboy has been an educational and entertaining museum designed to preserve the legacy of the cowboy contests, the heritage and culture of those original competitions, and the champions of the past, present and future. Without the continue support of sponsors, members, and rodeo enthusiasts, the Hall wouldn't be able to continue it's legacy. Consider donating or becoming a member TODAY!
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These upcoming ProRodeo Hall of Fame events are all open to the public. Reservations are required for some events. To be added to our mailing list call 719-528-4732. Additional information about each event will be added as they become available.

Summer Series Team Roping – May through August

28th Annual ProRodeo Hall of Fame Golf Tournament – August 6, 2015

Cowboy Ball – August 7, 2015

Class of 2015 Inductions – August 8, 2015

8th Annual Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala – November 30, 2015

29th Annual Spurs & Spikes Golf Tournament & FUNdraiser – December 11, 2015

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On August 7, 2015, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame will be kicking off our Induction Weekend Festivities with our Annual Cowboy Ball. All of the funds raised from this event will be used to support the annual budgetary needs of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. If you would like to donate an item or service to support the continued efforts of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame please feel free to contact Sara at (719)528-4732.

2015 Silent Auction Donor Organizations (in alphabetical order):

 

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Back Street and Brown Bomber at HOF The ProRodeo Hall of Fame has officially opened the Zoetis Rodeo Livestock Exhibit for the summer, with two retired bucking horses living on the premises until mid-September.

“We are glad we are able to bring this exhibit back to the Hall again this summer,” said Kent Sturman, director. “It was very popular with museum guests last year and we certainly wanted to have it here again. We are thankful to Cervi’s for their assistance with this exhibit and support of the Hall.”

Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Brown Bomber and Back Street are the two horses featured in the exhibit. Brown Bomber, 27, went to the WNFR six times in a row as a bareback horse (1994-1999). He was added to the saddle bronc event and added eight more trips to the WNFR to his resume. One of his most memorable performances came in the 10th round of the 1995 WNFR when he carried Billy Laye to a 91-point bareback ride, which stood as the WNFR bareback riding record until 2007.Brown Bomber Wayne Herman 1995 NFR Rd 5 #1 with 87 pts on 126 Brown Bomber Beutler Brothers and Cervi Rodeo PRCADanHubbell

Bomber had a unique bucking style – he would always take a substantial run before breaking and then bucking. Many tried over the years to change his style and get him to break sooner but he never changed. Although it isn’t unusual for an animal to take that run before breaking, rarely has there been a horse that bucked so hard after. That style earned Bomber the respect of the cowboys which thereby earned him so many trips to the WNFR – 14 trips in a 15 year span.

Brown Bomber was retired from rodeo at the Dayton, Iowa PRCA rodeo in 2011 after Will Smith won the saddle bronc riding on him. He has remained on the Cervi Ranch in his retirement where his only job is in the fall when the colts are weaned from their mothers. Brown Bomber takes charge of the babies like a comfortable old uncle.

Brown Bomber was born in 1988 on the Korkow Rodeo Ranch and purchased by Mike Cervi in 1994.

Back Street is a 24-year-old saddle bronc horse who qualified for the WNFR three times (1997, 1999 and 2005). She is truly from a royal lineage of broncs. She has followed in the footsteps of her mother Easy Street, a 12 time WNFR saddle bronc horse.

Back Street (Cervi) #234 Dan Etbauer 1997 NFR 4th go PRCADanHubbell-2Back Street has had a colt every year since 1999 and is bred again this year to Oil Train, the sire of Harry Vold’s champion stallion Painted Valley. Some of her off spring include Street Wise, Street Smart and Back Fire.

Back Street held the highest marked saddle bronc riding score at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, a 90-point ride by Ryan Mapston of Montana. The record held for many years. Back Street was retired from rodeo in 2012 at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver. She will continue to live out her retirement on the Cervi Ranch.

The exhibit is open during museum hours and guests are able to visit the horses in the Zoetis Barn adjacent to the museum. The horses get regular exercise in the Priefert Ed Honnen Arena, are checked regularly by a local veterinarian and have a normal feed and nutrition regimen while here at the Hall.

“This exhibit not only allows museum guests to see up close some great rodeo animal athletes, it also allows them to become educated on the PRCA’s animal welfare program and to learn about the care and treatment of rodeo livestock,” Sturman said. “The exhibit includes educational signage about animal welfare within the PRCA organization.”

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Four world champions head 2015 ProRodeo Hall of Fame classhof-2015-final

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – World Champion Cowboys Tom Nesmith, Mark Garrett, Bob Wegner and Harry Charters, along with rodeo notable Jack Hannum, the Hendricks Brothers specialty act and four-time team roping head horse of the year Precious Speck (Walt) head the 2015 induction class for the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

They will be enshrined Aug. 8 during ceremonies in the sculpture garden adjacent to the Hall, along with the rodeo committees from the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up, the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo and Iowa’s Championship Rodeo (Sidney).

The induction week will kick off with the 28th annual ProRodeo Hall of Fame Golf Tournament on Aug. 6, the Cowboy Ball on Aug. 7, and then culminates with the Induction Ceremonies and the Commissioner’s Classic Team Roping competition on Aug. 8.

Nesmith, of Bethel, Okla., was a soft-spoken cowboy whose best events were steer wrestling and calf roping, and he captured the 1962 all-around and steer wrestling world championships.

“This is just great, and I’m flattered on behalf of my dad for him to honored,” said Janette Nesmith, Tom’s daughter. “I remember traveling from one rodeo to the next with my dad. I think he would’ve been able to achieve so much more if he hadn’t gotten sick.”

Nesmith died of a heart attack on Oct. 16, 1972, at the age of 37. In the years leading up to his death, Nesmith battled a rare form of heart disease, and there was no cure at the time.

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